Agenda Weekender: 70+ things to do this weekend, including multiple pop-up shops, Mardi Gras parties and 5Ks

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Weekend Forecast

Friday: 58. Mostly sunny. 10% chance of rain.
Saturday: 58. 100% chance of rain.
Sunday: 66. 90% chance of rain.

Friday, February 9

Food & Drink

National Pizza Day at Parry’s Pizza Northlake: You’ll want to get there early on Friday, as the first 100 customers will receive a free 9″ pizza. Don’t worry if you’re not early enough – just show them the Facebook event page for a free 14″ pizza with the purchase of an 18″. Friday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Details.

Hop Cakes Release at NoDa Brewing Co.: The 10.2% ABV Imperial IPA incorporates Vermont maple syrup, citrus, hops and resin flavors. Get it in cans and on draft. 2-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Trapper Keeper 90’s Release Party at Bold Missy Brewery: Celebrate the release of this Lisa Frank-inspired beer flavored with lemon and pink peppercorn and edible glitter with all things 90s. 5-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Winter Olympics Opening Games at Draught Charlotte: Come out for drink specials and your chance to enter Medal Mania, in which you’ll be assigned a country, and at the end of the games if you’ve won the most medals you’ll win gift cards and other prizes. 5 p.m.-12 a.m. Free. Details.

Chick-fil-A Waverly’s First Birthday at Chick-fil-A Waverly: Bring a book to donate to Bright Blessings and receive a birthday dessert. They’ll also have face painting, balloon animals, a sundae bar and gift bags for the first 50 kids. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Details.

4th Annual Heart Throb at Flight: All ticket proceeds from the event will benefit Heart Math Tutoring, a volunteer-based math tutoring service for high-poverty schools. Ticket includes drinks and music for the night. 8-11 p.m. $40. Details.

Olympics Opening Ceremony + Fireball Friday at Tavern on the Tracks: Catch the Opening Ceremonies and win raffle prizes while you enjoy drink specials. 8-11 p.m. Free. Details.

Opening Ceremony Bar Olympics at StrikeCity: Teams of 4 will compete for cash in games like Battleship pong, bowling and more. 9 p.m.-12 a.m. $5. Details.

Experience

Art and Orchids at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden: See first-hand a collection of Egyptian tapestries straight from the Wissa Wassef Art Centre in Giza. Tapestries will be available for purchase and range in price from $365-$6,575. Through March 12. Included with admission. Details.

Mastering Money: The Monopoly Edition at Sakinah & Co.: See the classic game brought to life with elements like musical chairs and educational financial principles while enjoying food and beer and raising money to end Human Trafficking. 7-10 p.m. $10-20. Details.

Singles Night Fundraiser at Rooftop 210: Meet and mingle with other single Charlotteans. Prizes available to win include a Valentine’s Day dinner at 5Church, a date night at Treehouse Vineyards and more. 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Donation-based. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Charlotte Ballet: Innovative Works at Patricia McBride and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance: Experience one of the ballet’s most popular performances in an intimate setting. Stick around for a dessert reception. Through February 17. $25+. Details.

Alabama Art POP UP Sale & Show at 104 Baldwin Avenue: Check out affordable original, oil on canvas art by 5 fresh, talented Alabama artists in Charlotte for a 3-day only pop up sale. Friday (1-6 p.m.) and Saturday (11 a.m.-2 p.m.). Free. Details.

Shrek the Musical at East Mecklenburg High School: Join Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, Farquaad and the rest of the swamp for a stage adaptation of the movie. Friday through Sunday, 7-9 p.m. $10. Details.

Rouge at Booth Playhouse: Enjoy a cabaret-style show complete with aerial acts, dance and comedy. For mature audiences. Friday (9 p.m.) and Saturday (5 and 9 p.m.). $20-37.50. Details.

Crowned Sparrow Co: Craft Night Out | Map Your Love Sign at 7th Street Public Market: Create a customized work of art that celebrates your love of travel. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $34. Details.

Festival of Laughs at Ovens Auditorium: Get ready to laugh with performances by Sommore, Earthquake, Tony Rock and George Wallace. 8 p.m. $54. Details.

Andrea Bocelli at Spectrum Center: Nadine Sierra will join Andrea Bocelli and Kristin Chenoweth for three performances as part of his tour of North America. 8-10:30 p.m. $130+. Details.

Shopping

Winter Clearance Sale at Modern Lighting Design Store: The store is cleaning house on stock and display ceiling fans and light fixtures from manufacturers that include Minka Aire and Modern Fan. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., through February 28. Free. Details.

2018 Valentine’s Celebration at Donald Haack Diamonds: Receive a rose, assorted chocolates and a Valentine’s Day card with purchase. Friday through February 14, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Details.

Julie’s Boutique Winter Clearance Sidewalk Sale at Julie’s Boutique: This huge clearance sale features $5, $10, $15 and $20 racks, plus brand name tops, dresses, shoes and accessories at up to 80% off. This sale is exclusive to the Park Road Shopping Center location. Friday (9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.), Saturday (9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.) and Sunday (12-5 p.m.). Free. Details.

Mid-Atlantic Boat Show at Charlotte Convention Center: Browse through cruisers, deck boats, fishing boats, family sport boats,  personal watercraft, pontoon boats, wakeboard and ski boats and more. Check out Morningstar Marinas to see the ways you can store all your new toys, too. Friday (12-9 p.m.), Saturday (10 a.m.-9 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m.-5 p.m.). $5-9. Details.

Valentine’s Designer Showcase at Diamonds Direct SouthPark: Shop curated exclusive collections and enjoy in-store exclusive Valentine’s Day financing options. Friday (10 a.m.-7 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m.-6 p.m.). Free. Details.

UNC Charlotte Botanical Garden Valentine’s Orchid Sale at McMillan Greenhouse: Grab the flowers you didn’t order. Saturday through February 14 while supplies last. Details.

Valentine’s Sip & Shop at 7th Street Public Market: Enjoy live music, sparkling wine, chocolate tastings while you shop plenty of local vendors. 4:30-9 p.m. Free. Details.

Do Good

February Fridays with Friends: A Community Fundraiser at Blue Blaze Brewing: $1 from every pint sold will support the Wesley Heights Neighborhood Association, and there will be a raffle to win a Neighborhood Pride t-shirt. 2-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Kids

Princess Tea at The Ballantyne: Enjoy tea sweets and a child-friendly menu. Adults get a complimentary glass of champagne. $25 for children, $45 for adults. Details.

Cookie Decorating at Barista Craft Highland Creek: Each child will get two cookies and festive supplies to decorate, plus a hot chocolate. 1:30-2:30 p.m. $6. Details.

Saturday, February 10

Food & Drink

Liberate Your Palette Brunch Cocktail Class and Pairings at Nest Restaurant and Lounge: Learn to make a Morning Margarita, a Moscow Mule and a Coffee Julep. Light bites will be provided. 12-2 p.m. $65. Details.

Can Release x 3 at Resident Culture Brewing Company: Get your hands on 3 new beers whose releases you won’t want to miss. Get there at noon to get your number before you can buy the cans at 1 p.m. 12-6 p.m. 4-packs start at $13. Details.

“Let the Good Times Roll” Seafood Bash at Three Spirits Brewery: Enjoy oysters, crab legs, shrimp and grits and much more with your beer, wine and cider. 12-8 p.m. Dishes start at $10. Details.

IPA Series Release #2: Turn to Stone IPA at Birdsong Brewing Co.: The second IPA of the series has a blend of melon, guava and a little bitterness for a clean finish. Get it on draught and in a limited amount of cans. 12-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Juice Willis Can Release at Sycamore Brewing: Celebrate the release and take a few cans home. 12-11 p.m. Free. Details.

Bless Back Chili Cookoff 2018 at Sycamore Brewing: The 2nd annual Chili Cookoff benefits Bless Back Worldwide, a nonprofit sending medical mission trips to Haiti. Enter your chili for a chance to win $200 or come out for all-you-can-eat chili. 12-4 p.m. $10-$30. Details.

Boutique Me with a Mimosa! at Banquet 49: Support the Alesia Thomas Foundation Inc. and local small business while you shop and enjoy heavy hors d’Oeuvres and customized Mimosas 1-4 p.m. $6. Details.

Charlotte Mardi Gras Crawl 2018 at Whisky River: Visit all 7 bars, cover-free, on the itinerary in order to win a t-shirt at the end of the night. 3-10 p.m. $20-30. Details.

The 28205 Wing Off at Tommy’s Pub: Bring 24 of your best-recipe wings (vegetarian versions welcome, too) and compete to win the grand title. Or, sample all of the entries and vote on your favorite. 5-8 p.m. $3 to enter, $5 to vote. Details.

TNB Popup Restaurant at Thirsty Nomad Brewing: Chef Michael Beers will be offering Valentine’s Day aphrodisiacs and combo plates made fresh on the spot with live music in the background. 5-9 p.m. $8. Details.

“A Taste of New Orleans” Mardi Gras Celebration at Wu’s Cajun Sea Food: Enjoy an authentic Cajun and Creole 6-course dinner with wine pairings. 6:30-9 p.m. $50. Details.

Mardi Crawl 2018 at Flight: The party will start at Flight before moving on with a crawl where anything goes. Price includes beads and masks (while supplies last), free cover into 6 of Uptown’s best party bars, and drink specials. 6:30 p.m.-12 a.m. $5-$15. Details.

Mardi Gras at Flight: If you don’t want to participate in the crawl, there’s still plenty for you to do, like enjoy Abita beers on special for $3, plus win a cash prize for the best mask. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Free. Details.

Experience

Chinese New Year Festival at The Peaceful Dragon: Welcome the Year of the Dog with martial arts demonstrations, game rooms, tai chi, yoga, kung fu, Chinese noodles and more. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $5 per family, or free with a donation of any non-perishable food item. Details.

Valentine’s Day Pet Portraits at Pet Supermarket: Get a heartwarming picture taken of your pet while benefitting an animal nonprofit. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $10. Details.

7th Annual Charlotte Mardi Gras – Parade of Beads Celebration at The EpiCentre: The EpiCentre will be transformed into the New Orleans French Quarter complete with decorations, street performers, the famous (free) Mardi Gras Parade and much more. Ticket includes a shirt, hurricane cup, decorations and admission to the bars. 7-10 p.m. $15-25. Details.

Pre-Valentine’s Day Singles Mixer at Fusion Lounge: Meet someone just in time for Valentine’s day in an environment filled to the brim with live music and specialty drinks. 9 p.m.-12 a.m. $3 before 11:30 p.m. Details.

Learn Things

2018 Home Buying Seminar at Keller Williams Realty: Learn the steps of the home buying process and everything you need to know about preparing yourself to secure a mortgage loan. Refreshments provided. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Details.

Piedmont Fiber Guild Day at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden: Learn how to make felted soap using local alpaca fleece and many other hands-on fiber techniques. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Included in admission. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

The Valentine’s Invitational at The Ballroom at Quail Hollow: Come watch as dancers perform for world-renowned judges to music by Maria St. John. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Details.

When the Heart Dreams Romance Readers and Writers Luncheon at The Duke Mansion: Meet and mingle with other readers and authors on both the local and national radar. 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $15-70. Details.

Taste of the Mint: Romare Bearden at Mint Museum Uptown: Experience a curator-led tour of the new exhibition ‘Sing on the Canvas’ in the Romare Bearden Gallery before enjoying 3 small plate tastings. 3:30-5:30 p.m. $45. Details.

The Art of Love at Whitney Austin Gallery of Art: See the new collection while you enjoy wine and food, giveaways and poetry readings. 7-10 p.m. $35/individual, $60/couple. Details.

Shopping

Grand Opening Celebration at Hopscotch Children’s Resale Boutique: Come shop the new store and receive 20% off a purchase of $20+. They’ll also have drawings for a stroller and gift cards. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Details.

African Fashions Pop up Tour at Courtyard by Marriott SouthPark: Shop authentic African clothing, accessories and fabrics at this pop up marketplace. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Details.

Creed Valentine’s Day Event: A Pair Adored at Neiman Marcus: Enjoy a chocolate tasting paired to complement scents Aventus and Aventus for Her. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Details.

Pop Up Market at The Unknown Brewing Company: Enjoy a beer or two while you shop 16 local vendors for your loved ones (or yourself, no judgement). 6-9 p.m. Free. Details.

Do Good

Volunteer Stream Cleanup at 5128 Kildare Drive: Help Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services keep the city clean. Volunteers should wear closed-toe shoes and clothes they won’t mind getting dirty. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Details.

Let’s show our Neighbors they are Beloved at Sugar Creek Brewing: The brewery is teaming up with Good Soles and volunteers to sign 50 pairs of boots to be given to The Charlotte Rescue Mission. Stay for for a pint, a chance to win Hornets tickets and more. 12-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Kids

Takeover Days: UNC Charlotte at Discovery Place Science: Kids can meet members of the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers and try their hand at a variety of structural and geotechnical engineering activities 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Included in admission. Details.

Sweetheart Mouse Story Time at SAS Cupcakes Blakeney: Turn the kids loose to frost cupcakes, have a meet and greet with the Sweetheart Mouse, play games and more. 10:30-11:15 a.m. $9. Details.

Family Day at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art: Explore the Bechtler’s collection with special hands-on art activities (like Picasso portraits and DIY Valentines) and family-focused museum tours. 12-4:30 p.m. Free for kids 18 and under, $8 for adults. Details.

Be My Valentine Cupcake/Cookie Decorating Party at Jazzy Cheesecakes: Let the kids decorate a cupcake or cookie to get in the Valentine’s Day spirit. 1-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Fitness

Hot Chocolate 15K/5K at American Legion Memorial Stadium: Enjoy a run through the city and finish it off by rewarding yourself with fondue, hot chocolate, games and more. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. $54-79. Details.

Frigid 5K & Plunge at U.S. National Whitewater Center: Warm up with a 5k run through the Whitewater Center trail system before you literally and figuratively cool down with a jump into the Catawba River. 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m. $37. Details.

30/30 Boot Camp & Yoga at Free Range Brewing: Camp Gladiator is joining forcing with Free Range’s resident yoga instructor for an hour of boot camp and yoga. 12-1 p.m. Free. Details.

Love is in the AIR at AIR – Aerial Fitness: This partner class will allow you to improve alignment, balance and strength and create a bond between you and your partner. 1:30-3 p.m. $40/individual, $70/couple. Details.

Sports

Charlotte Curling Open House at Charlotte Curling: Get closer to your Olympic dream by checking out Charlotte Curling. The full bar has plenty of local beer, plus TIN Kitchen will be firing up lunch. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $0-$10. Details.

Hockey at Bojangles’ Coliseum: Cheer on the Checkers as they take on the Springfield Thunderbirds. 6 p.m. $18. Details.

Sunday, February 11

Food & Drink

Family Gras: A Mardi Gras Celebration at Wu’s Cajun Sea Food: Kids eat free at this family party that comes complete with face painting, DIY mask-making and more. 12-3 p.m. Free. Details.

Luv-a-Bull Sunday Dinner at City Barbeque Ballantyne: Enjoy a plate of BBQ with Bullies 2 the Rescue volunteers and meet a few adoptable dogs at the same time. Mention B2TR to get 25% off your purchase. 12-7 p.m. Free. Details.

order/fire, featuring Greg Johnsman and Geechie Boy Mill at Free Range Brewing: Watch the newest episode of order/fire, eat shrimp and grits and win a raffle. 12:30-3:30 p.m. $10. Details.

Valentine’s Day Treat Make Event at Red Clay Ciderworks: Decorate cookies or cupcakes while you sip on a pour of cider. 4-6 p.m. $20. Details.

Bone Broth Tasting and Talk at Heirloom: Learn to make your own broth, and explore its nutritional benefits before topping the night off with a 5-course tasting menu. 5-7 p.m. $35-60. Details.

Wines of Romance Dinner – Spain & Argentina at The Turnhouse Grille: Enjoy a 5-course dinner with items like grilled octopus, lamp lollipops and panna cotta, each specially paired with a wine. 6-8 p.m. Details.

Experience

Speed Dating at Barista Craft Highland Creek: Take the pressure and edge off with a mixed drink. 7-9 p.m. Free with purchase of a drink. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

The Classic Black Cinema Series at Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture: Take in a screening of Black Orpheus as part of a film series specifically designed to expose the community to the artistic value black film offers. 2-4 p.m. Included in admission. Details.

Rigoletto Performance #1 at Belk Theater: Experience Giuseppe Verdi’s tragic masterpiece live on stage. 2 p.m. $21+. Details.

WDAV’s 40th Anniversary Reception at Steinway Piano Gallery: Enjoy a performance from celebrated pianist Gregory Knight, followed by a reception featuring WDAV on-air hosts. 3-4:30 p.m. $50. Details.

Couples & Canvas: The Ultimate Pre-Valentine’s Soireè at Venue at 1801: Enjoy a guided painting session before diving into a three-course meal, fondue bar and complimentary wine. 4-8 p.m. $65-100. Details.

Shopping

Galentine’s Day – Shop, Drop and Flow at Sugar Creek Brewing: Start the day with yoga and dance classes before you shop local female-owned shops, take a calligraphy class and more. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free-$35. Details.

Queen City Makers at Legion Brewing: Shop local vendors while you enjoy plenty of the brewery’s beer. 3-7 p.m. Free. Details.

Fitness

Yoga with Free People Charlotte at Free People: Enjoy a session in-store before shopping with refreshments in hand. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Details.

NoDa Hop Yoga at NoDa Brewing Company: Enjoy an hour-long restorative yoga session and post-practice beer. 10:45-11:45 a.m. $5. Details.

Love the Run – Sunday Runday at NoDa Brewing: Everyone who comes to Run Club dressed up (couples and singles costumes encouraged) will go home with a Run Club Koozie, and have a shot at winning best costume. Run in a bib that best describes your relationship status and play games after the run. 10:45 a.m.-12 p.m. $5. Details.

Sunday Serenity Yoga at Blue Blaze Brewing: Enjoy an hour-long session and a beer after. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $8. Details.

Free Yoga Workshop at Clearview Family Chiropractic: Come explore the building blocks of yoga in a safe and non-intimidating atmosphere designed for all levels. 12-1 p.m. Free. Details.

Reps and Rosé Yoga at Fidelli Kitchen: Flow through a 50-minute yoga class, then cool off with a glass of rosé. BYO mat and towel. 1:30-3:30 p.m. $8. Details.

Sports

NBA Basketball at Spectrum Center: Cheer on the Hornets as they take on the the Toronto Raptors 1 p.m. $15. Details.

We’re excited for…

Art for the Paws at Wooden Robot: Enjoy beer, local art and adoptable puppies, plus participate in a raffle and silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Greater Charlotte SPCA. February 24.

Rich & Bennett’s 18th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl in Uptown: The World’s Largest Pub Crawl is back. Ticket holders receive free entry to 30+ bars, a koozie, t-shirt, giveaways and drink specials. March 17.

FreeMoreWest 5K on the Greenway: Enjoy an evening run in perfect spring weather before you relax with beer and food. Proceeds benefit Classroom Central. April 13.

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